Our Team

Lt General Robert Magowan CB CBE

President

Lt General Robert Magowan CB CBE


Lieutenant General Rob Magowan joined the Royal Marines in 1989 after reading Chemistry at Southampton University. His early command appointments included a tour of Northern Ireland. He became Naval Assistant to Commander in Chief Fleet and then completed the US Marine Corps Command and Staff Course, also gaining a Master’s degree.

Returning from the US, he was posted to HQ 3 UK Division as a plans officer, during which time he deployed to Afghanistan on Operation Fingal, the first International Security Assistance Force deployment to Kabul. He returned to 42 Commando as Second in Command, deploying to Kuwait and Iraq for Operation Telic 1.

2003 saw him begin a 3-year stint in London, working in the Cabinet Office before assuming the Deputy Head position in the Afghan Drugs Inter-Departmental Unit. In 2006, he assumed command of the Royal Marines 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group, deploying immediately on Operation Herrick 5 to Helmand province. On promotion to Colonel he took up a Deputy Head post in Defence Intelligence in 2009.

After Higher Command and Staff Course in 2011 he was promoted to Brigadier and became the Chief of Staff to the National Contingent Commander in Kabul. In 2013 he assumed the Commodore Naval Personnel Strategy role before becoming Commander Joint Forces Intelligence Group in 2015.

On promotion to Major General in 2016 he became Commandant General Royal Marines and Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces. He also assumed command of the European Union Naval Force Somalia. In late 2017 he became Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Capability) and Chief of Staff Navy Command HQ, before assuming the post of Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Capability and Force Design) in the MoD. On promotion to Lieutenant General in early 2020 he took up his current post, Deputy Commander Strategic Command.

He is president of the Royal Navy/Royal Marines Mountaineering Club, RN Netball and RN/RM Rifle Association. He is Armed Forces Buddhist Champion and chairs the Defence Mindfulness Steering Group. He is also president of the charity 65 Degrees North.

He lives in Hampshire with his wife, Charlotte, and two teenage daughters. He remains an active mountaineer. He enjoys reading European political history and is a keen amateur cook.

Richard Morgan MBE

CEO & Founder

Richard Morgan MBE


Rich is a former Royal Marines Commando, who served at 40 Commando amongst other units, he deployed and was trained in Arctic and desert warfare and survival. He led Heroes Challenge UK, a UK endurance record completed over 10 days, that set a British First. Rich went on to lead the five-week world record expedition that saw Peter Bowker achieve his ambition to be the first amputee to cross the Greenland ice cap unsupported!

He has since led an expedition to summit Mount Kilimanjaro which achieved a full team summit success. In January 2017, he stood on the summit of the ‘Top of the Bottom of the World’ when he led an unsupported team to climb Mt Vinson, Antarctica’s highest peak. He has led several training packages on the Mont Blanc Massif in preparation for Antarctica, Aconcagua and Mt Everest with the 65DN support team.

Rich successfully summited Mt. Aconcagua in January 2018, and in June 2018, he led a successful expedition on Denali where all of the team summited. In 2019 he led a team to the top of the highest mountain in the world, Mt Everest.

Rich is the proud Founder of 65 Degrees North. He has a passion for the outdoors and for helping others achieve the unachievable. In 2018 Rich was awarded an MBE at Buckingham Palace in recognition of his charitable services to veterans.

Major General Andy Keeling CB CBE

Vice President

Major General Andy Keeling CB CBE


Major General Andy Keeling CB CBE joined the Royal Marines in September 1961 and retired in April 1995. In the intervening 34 years he saw operational service in Borneo, Aden, Cyprus, The Falklands War, Northern Ireland and Kurdistan. He also won Navy caps for Hockey and Squash, ran a London marathon, sailed the Atlantic, commanded four troops, one company, 45 Commando and 3 Commando Brigade. He was Representative Colonel Commandant from 1998-2002.

Since retiring he has been very closely involved with a number of military and civilian charities.

Our Trustees

Tyrone Rees

Chairman

Tyrone Rees


Tyrone Rees joined the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) in 1975. He served for twelve years as an armoured recovery mechanic serving in the UK and BAOR. He carried out several tours of NI as an infantry section leader.

Joining the South Wales Police in 1988 Tyrone served in many areas and roles in the South Wales area retiring from the force in 2008. Following his departure from the police he worked in counter terrorism security until his retirement from full time employment in 2020. He is currently the general manager of a multi-surgery Private / NHS dental practice.

Tyrone is a former rugby player and a keen Wales rugby supporter. He sings in a Welsh Male Voice Choir where he also carries out the duties of Director of Concerts. He is a regular organiser of REME Rugby reunion tours and chair of the REME Riders motorcycle club that he started in 2014 and now has 1500c members.

Tyrone has been actively involved with several military and other charities. In 2019 he joined 65 Degrees North’s Board of Trustees and was elected as Chairman. 019

Jonathan Ball

Trustee

Jonathan Ball


Jonathan was born and brought up in Walsall. He was a soldier in the Staffordshire Regiment from 1981 until 1984, then went on to study Modern History at Oxford University, and Theology at Leeds University. He became a minister in the Church of England in 1988, serving in his home county for eight years before re-joining the Army as a chaplain in 1996. He was based across England and in Germany, serving on operational tours in Africa, Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2003 his regiment, 1st The Queen’s Dragoon Guards, was embedded in 3 Commando Brigade for the invasion of Iraq. From 2005-8 he served as Military Assistant to the Chaplain-General.

On leaving the Army in 2008 Jonathan served as Chaplain and Chief of Staff to the Bishop of Salisbury before joining the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund in October 2012 as Operations Manager, and became Chief Executive in May 2013.

He is married to Jane, a Vicar in Hampshire, and has two children Michael, a teacher in Macau, and Rebecca, working in a management change consultancy in London. Jonathan enjoys mad endurance challenges, learning foreign languages, long distance walking and cross country running with his two Irish Setters.

Professor Liam Kilduff

Trustee

Professor Liam Kilduff


Liam is a Professor of Performance Science and head of the A-STEM research centre at Swansea University (https://www.swansea.ac.uk/sports-science/astem/ ). His research interests focus on elite athlete preparation and recovery. He has published over 125 papers in peer reviewed international journals and has secured over £2million in research funding as principle investigator.

Liam currently works with a number of summer and winter Olympic sports, professional rugby and football clubs and also sits on the editorial board of 2 Sports Science journals. He has recently worked with Sport Wales to develop the Welsh Institute of Performance Science (WIPS) (https://www.swansea.ac.uk/sports-science/astem/wips/ ) which aims to conduce performance solution driven research to aid Welsh athletes perform at both commonwealth and Olympic games.

Liam chairs both the strategic management board and research steering group of WIPS. His role is to oversee the physical development of the team and to help facilitate collaborations between various academic disciplines and 65 Degrees North.  

Gail de’Claire

Trustee

Gail de’Claire


Gail is a Chartered Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and an Investment Manager at the Charles Stanley Cardiff office. She was appointed Treasurer of 65 Degrees North in 2020.

Leaving college with A Levels in Economics and Law and a business diploma Gail had the opportunity to join Eversheds Solicitors as a legal clerk. In 1992 she then joined Allied Provincial Securities as a secretary to the office head. Hungry to become a stockbroker, she went on to complete the full Securities Industry Diploma.

Gail has 28 years experience of working in the financial sector and has built up a portfolio of private clients, specialising in discretionary portfolio management including pensions, trusts, offshore bonds and corporates. Keen for clients to gain a better understanding of the industry, she constructed evening courses for the private client entitled – “A beginners guide to the stock market”.

Gail has featured in the Cardiff Life publication and was a judge for the Cardiff Life Business awards. She is married and a mum, has a black belt in karate and enjoys cycling, swimming and walking her rescue dog with a keen passion to help her local dog shelter. 

Brendan Davies

Truestee

Brendan Davies


Brendan joined the Royal Marines at the age of 19. After successfully completing 30 weeks training he then served at 40 Commando where he was deployed on operational duties in Northern Ireland and The Adriatic. Other deployments included desert training in Oman and arctic warfare training in Norway.

Whilst serving in the Royal Marines Brendan suffered serious spinal injuries which resulted in hospitalisation and a lengthy period of rehabilitation. Following his discharge he suffered with depression and anxiety having left a job he loved. These were his dark times and this was to shape his next few years where he was forced to seek help and treatment.

Brendan has a passion for the outdoors and spends much of his spare time on the Brecon Beacons. Since leaving the Royal Marines he has worked for the local authority and is a proud dad of two sons.

Brendan successfully summited Mt Aconcagua, Mt Denali and Mt Everest with the team of 65 Degrees North. These brutal and demanding endeavours removed him completely from his comfort zone and pushed him to his absolute limits, increasing his confidence and self-belief that he can achieve whatever he sets his mind to. Brendan hopes to inspire others to take on their own challenges big or small which will hopefully help them in having a better quality life. 

Miss Anne Markey

Trustee

Miss Anne Markey


Anne is an ENT Surgeon currently working at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital Trust in Merseyside.

She qualified in 2005 and has progressed through her surgical training with an interest in expedition medicine. She is currently enrolled on the Diploma of Mountain Medicine and had completed a 4 month season working at high altitude in the Everest region of Nepal for the Himalayan Rescue Association.

Anne has a keen interest in mountaineering, adventure racing and triathlon. These adventures have had to take a backseat due to the arrival of two children in close succession in recent years although she looks forward to Coryn and Euan joining her and her husband, a Royal Marines Captain and mountaineer, on future adventures.

She provides medical advice throughout all phases of the planning and running of the adventures of 65 Degrees North alongside her duties as a trustee. 

Our Support Team

John Barry

Support team member

John Barry


John is an ex-Royal Marine Captain and former Commanding officer of the Mountain and Arctic Warfare Cadre.

He is a highly experienced mountaineer who has led expeditions in all of the seven continents and can claim first ascents in five of them. Everest, Vinson, Denali, K2, Eiger North Face and a host of other well-known mountains all feature on his CV.

In 1978 John was appointed Director of The National Mountaineering Centre, Plas y Brenin, in North Wales – a post he held for seven years.

He has written extensively about mountaineering and is the author of six books on the subject. He has been advisor to, and originator of, a number of TV documentaries. John is a highly engaging and inspiring speaker who captivates his audience with his own unique style, combining pathos and humour. When he is not in the mountains, or on a mountain, he can often be found talking about them as a Guest Speaker at events and presentations.

John joined 65 Degrees North as its high mountain advisor and trainer in 2016.

Dave Pearce

Support team member

Dave Pearce


Dave proudly served in the Royal Marines Commandos for over 25 years, seeing operations across the globe including a number in Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia and Northern Ireland. As a Commando, Dave was embedded in many operations during the Cold War. He has also trained Commandos in tactics and specialist warfare, as well as combat survival and evasion. Towards the end of his military career Dave was Sergeant Major to a squadron of Commandos in Afghanistan, working with Special Forces, for 9 months in 2001/2. He left in 2005 as a senior Warrant Officer.

Dave has worked extensively in the security industry, including providing security for many A list celebrities. His current profession as a television and film producer, and safety consultant has taken him to many extreme, dynamic and hostile locations. He has worked on approximately 90% of shows presented by Bear Grylls and further productions with other celebrities, as well as commercial campaigns. He has an interest in global politics and world affairs and has worked alongside many high profile figures including Barack Obama, his administration and secret service agents.

In 2003 Dave summited Everest, returning again in 2006 and was a member of the first successful British ascent of Kangchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. He made an early British ascent of El Capitan, joined a team of 5 navigating a RIB through the North West Passage, and has experience of many other extreme expeditions.

Dave is a published author and a volunteer for the Jurassic lifeboat team. He has been married for 30 years and has three daughters. 

Joe Winch

Support team member

Joe Winch 


Joe has enjoyed 18 years of service in the Royal Marines – which has been an incredible adventure, full of opportunities and excitement. Since 2017 though he has been recovering from Complex PTSD – which hasn’t involved work in the conventional sense, but has been the most challenging role he has have ever had.

Overcoming his adversity has allowed Joe to grow and learn so much about himself; as well as mental health, resilience, recovery, and supporting others who are struggling with a psychological injury. These are all subjects that Joe is very passionate about.

Joe’s recovery has also been greatly helped by mountaineering – where his symptoms are eased considerably. This is a journey that began on a hillside in South Wales and which led to him ultimately to summiting Mount Everest in May 2019 with 65 Degrees North.

Danny Claricoates

Support team member

Danny Claricoates


Danny joined the Royal Marines in 2003. On completion of training he was drafted to 42 Commando RM just outside of Plymouth and quickly specialised as a Reconnaissance Operator.

Danny deployed to Afghanistan in 2006 for Operation Herrick 5 and it was for actions during this deployment that saw him awarded the Military Cross. Once home and after a second deployment to Norway he was drafted to Stonehouse Barracks, also in Plymouth, to join Brigade Patrol Troop. Danny quickly re-deployed to Afghanistan for Operation Herrick 9 this time with troop being part of the larger Brigade Reconnaissance Force. It was during this tour Danny witnessed an event which, along with events from his first tour, would see him being diagnosed with Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Danny was medically discharged in 2011.

He now spends his time working on his own business delivering outdoor activities to young people as well as taking part in outdoor freelance work. Danny successfully summited Kilimanjaro in February 2016 and Mt. Vinson in January 2017 with 65 Degrees North and he continues to support the team using his skills and experience gained through these expeditions.

Leesa Harrison

Support team member

Leesa Harrison


Leesa discovered a passion for dance at the age of 12 and embarked on a dance career which took her to London, Denmark, Germany and Greece. A desire to provide stability for her son brought her home to be close to family, and she has since retrained as a fitness instructor and driving instructor. In 2013 a chance meeting with Rich came at the most perfect time as depleted energy levels, following treatment for breast cancer in 2011, were at an all time high and Leesa was provided with the opportunity to take up the very privileged position of documenting and sharing every step of the epic World First Record attempt across the Greenland Ice Cap.

Leesa experienced her first expedition when she joined the team for the ‘Conquering Kili’ challenge and documented the journey live from Mount Kilimanjaro. This was a particularly emotional challenge as her Dad had ended his own life after a long battle with depression.

Leesa has accompanied the 65DN team on training packages to the Mont Blanc Massif to photograph and record the team during their training packages for Antarctica, Aconcagua, Denali and Everest. In 2019 she spent 6 weeks at Everest Base Camp documenting the team’s progress to the summit of the World’s highest mountain!

These incredible experiences have given her an appetite for adventure and an even greater desire to support 65DN and help them achieve their objective to inspire and motivate others.

Professor David Shearer

Support team member

Professor David Shearer


David is a Professor in Sport Psychology at the University of South Wales and a HCPC registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist. He consults extensively as an applied sport psychologist in a wide range of elite sports both in the UK and abroad.

For 65 Degrees North, David advises team members how to maximise their performance while undergoing extreme challenge, and how their experiences can translate to everyday live.

David has published extensively on a range of topics in sport science and psychology, and specialises in elite performance research on team dynamics, psychological/physical factors related to recovery, and psychological factors underpinning extreme sport.

Dr Melitta Mcnarry

Support team member

Dr Melitta Mcnarry


Melitta is a senior lecturer at Swansea University where she researches the influence of physical activity and exercise training on the cardiometabolic health of paediatric and clinical populations.

With a key focus on the cardiorespiratory response to exercise and its interaction with growth, maturation and disease, Melitta works with national sports teams and governing bodies to develop appropriate training recommendations for performance and long-term health.

Her role for 65 Degrees North is to conduct physiological testing to inform training preparations for upcoming challenges.

Dr Kelly Mackintosh

Support team member

Dr Kelly Mackintosh


Kelly is a senior lecturer at Swansea University. Much of her work focuses on the promotion of physical activity and exercise in clinical and hard to reach populations. Whilst much of this stems from their principle motivation, she is mainly interested in the associated energy expenditure and indeed health benefits or implications.

Recent work has strengthened on-going collaborations with Sport Wales, with annual testing for several sports, such as Hockey Wales and Rowing Wales. Kelly’s passion lies in the integration of technology to track exercise behaviours, or performance, and allow real-time feedback for the athlete, coach, or researcher. Her role for 65 Degrees North is to assist in the physiological testing, particularly those surrounding fitness.

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